Posted by: turtlebella | 1 August 2006

Potatoes with Cilantro (Batatas com Coentro)

Phantom wanted to know what to do with extra cilantro.  This is a dish that I adore and it uses a bunch of cilantro.  Natch it is Portuguese in orgin (see earlier post on why I should have been born Portuguese).   It’s pretty easy and you can use it for any amount of potatoes, adjust amount of cilantro accordingly and depending on your taste.

  • 12 smallish new potatoes
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of cilantro, minced finely (just the leaves)
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste

Boil new potatoes in their skin until fork-tender.  Drain and allow to cool. Slough off their skins.  Warm olive oil and butter in a skillet over low heat.  Put potatoes in and turn in oil mixture for a few minutes until the potatoes begin to slightly color- this is subtle, don’t want them to really brown or burn.  Sprinkle cilantro all over and turn for a few minutes until cilantro covers the potatoes.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

From The Food of Portugal by Jean Anderson.




  1. looks delicious! maybe we can make it next week, when we are all getting together for your wedding, turtlebella!

  2. (Slaps forehead) I *knew* I should have bought potatoes at farmers’ market!

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